Obviously, the Premier League has a reputation for being the richest league in the world, and player wages reflect that. Frank Lampard commands a hefty 213,127 a week. His Chelsea team-mate, Fernando Torres, isnt far behind with 210,568 a week. John Terry also weighs in with a considerable 200,589. Other big earners at Chelsea include Didier Drogba (221,641) and Micheal Essien (71,019). Other teams in the Premiership have similarly large wage bills. At Liverpool, Steven Gerrard is reportedly on 187,992. New signing Luis Suarez makes 71,585. One would expect Manchester City players to have the heaviest wallets, and they dont disappoint! Tevez makes 125,322 smackers a week, whilst De Jong pulls in 145,742 clams before tax. The biggest hitter of all for the Sky Blues is possibly Yaya Toure, who enjoys 183,956 a week. Manchester United pay Wayne Rooney 263,824, whilst perenial bench-warmer and football icon Micheal Owen somehow earns 53,784. Even West Ham United, who find themselves in a relegation dogfight, fork out 40,583 a week on Benni McCartney. But before we condemn the Premier League entirely, its important to note that football on the continent doesnt come cheap either. At Barcelona, Lionel Messi commands a weekly wage of 250,739. Hes not the only one being paid a fortune at the Catalonian giants either! Xavi makes a nice 187,559 whilst fellow World Cup winners Iniesta and Puyol earn 85,248 and 218,000 a week respectively. The real money in Spain however is at Madrid. Midfielder Kaka, is worth 313,371 Monday to Friday. The biggest weekly wage, in Europe, goes to every-ones favourite Christiano Ronaldo. The famous winker earns .get this .451,215 a week. Couldnt happen to a nicer bloke! Europes most tight-fisted clubs seem to reside in Germany. Over at Bayern Munich, German star Sebastian Schweinsteiger only earns 97,420 whilst his French team-mate Franck Ribery makes a tasteful 63,935. And yes, that is only 10 grand more than Owen. Now, I know that these players are all worth their weight in gold. I mean, Kaka, Messi and Ronaldo are all incredible players and there is an argument that they can justify their wage fees. But some players in our own Premiership seem to be vastly overpaid, when one looks at their actual contribution. Joleon Lescott has played 802 minutes this season, starting in 8 games for Man City. He earns 90,000 a week. More than Micheal Essien at Chelsea, and almost as much as Schweinsteiger who was one of the stars of Germanys World Cup campaign. 90,000 a week. Let me put that into some sort of perspective for you. A newly qualified teacher, makes £18,750 a YEAR. A newly qualified nurse, if theyre lucky, will make £18,240 a YEAR. Your average Police Constable earns £23,259 a YEAR. Im not knocking Joleon Lescott here. Unfortunately, his wages just happen to make my point more effective! This isnt an attack on Lescott as a person, or a player, but you have to admit that 8 starts does not equate to 90,000 a week. So, what have we learned? Well, we know that the top Premier League stars are not neccessarily the highest paid footballers in the world. That honour would have to go to Spain. We also know, that some Premiership players simply do not justify the extravegant wage fees that they earn. If clubs want to throw that kind of money at players, then let them. It would be nice to see a sense of perspective however. Sadly, that doesnt look like happening any time soon. Recently, the Premier League privately canvassed clubs to with the idea of introducing wage caps, in a bid to combat the problems caused by obscene wage bills. Unfortunately, only a few Premier League clubs went along with the idea, meaning it wasnt even considered for the Annual General Meeting which will be held later this year.